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09.13.05.03 - Board for Professional Land Surveyors - Pending Regulations

 

PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 40, ISSUE 17,
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2013

Subtitle 13 BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYORS

09.13.05 Fees

Authority: Business Regulation Article, §§2-106, 2-106.1, and 2.-106.2; Business Occupations and Professions Article, §§15-101, 15-208, 15-209, 15-306, 15-307, and 15-307.1, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action
[13-232-P]

The Board for Professional Land Surveyors proposes to amend Regulation .03 under COMAR 09.13.05 Fees. This action was considered by the Board at a public meeting held on June 5, 2013, notice of which was published in 40:10 Md. R. 952 (May 17, 2013), in accordance with State Government Article, §10-506(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to align the examination fees paid by applicants to take licensing examinations with the fees established by the National Council of Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES). NCEES is the national organization that develops the exam which is used nationally as the measure of surveying competence. Applicants pay the examination fees directly to the Board.

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

I. Summary of Economic Impact. The surveying exam consists of two parts, Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) and Principles of Surveying (PS). The FS exam will be converted to computer based delivery in January 2014, At that time, the FS exam fee will increase from $160 to $225, and the PS exam fee will increase from $225 to $320.

Currently, FS candidates pay $160 directly to the Board. Of that amount $100 is passed through to NCEES. PS candidates pay $225 directly to the Board. Of that amount $165 is passed through to NCEES. The Board retains $60 to pay the exam administration costs.

Effective in January 2014, FS candidates will submit $225 directly to NCEES to take the computerized exam and the Board will no longer receive any fees from FS candidates. PS candidates will submit $320 ($260 NCEES exam booklet and scoring fee plus $60 administration fee) directly to the Board. The $260 fee will be passed through to NCEES.

 
Revenue (R+/R-)
 
II. Types of Economic
Impact.
Expenditure
(E+/E-)
Magnitude

A. On issuing agency:
 State Occupational and Professional Design Boards
R- $1500
 
B. On other State agencies: NONE
 
C. On local governments: NONE
Benefit (+)
Cost (-)
Magnitude
D. On regulated
industries or trade groups:
 Exam candidates
(-) $65 to $95 per candidate

E. On other industries or trade groups:
 NCEES
(+) $95 to $125 per candidate
 
F. Direct and indirect effects on public: NONE
 

III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)

A. Approximately 25 individuals take the FS exam per year. At $60 per candidate, the Design Boards’ Special Fund will experience a $1500 decrease in revenue.

D. FS candidates will see an increase of $65 per administration. PS candidates will pay an additional $95 to take the exam.

E. NCEES will receive an additional $125 for each FS candidate, and an additional $95 for each PS candidate.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to Pamela J. Edwards, Executive Director, Professional Licensing Boards, 500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308, Baltimore, MD 21202, or call 410-230-6262, or email to pamedwards@dllr.state.md.us, or fax to 410-333-0021. Comments will be accepted through September 23, 2013. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

Open Meeting'

Final action on the proposal will be considered by the Board for Professional Land Surveyors during a public meeting to be held on November 6, 2013, 10 a.m., at 500 N. Calvert Street, Third Floor Conference Room, Baltimore, MD 21202.

.03 Fees and Costs.
  A. (text unchanged)
  B. An applicant for the appropriate licensing examination shall pay the following examination fees directly to the Board or its designee, as these fees are established by the National Council of Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors:
   (1) Fundamentals of Land Surveying — [$100] $225;
   (2) Principles and Practice — [$165] $260.
  C. — F. (text unchanged)

JOHN V. METTEE, III
Chair
State Board for Professional Land Surveyors